Home truths: are housing-related events more important for residents’ health compared with other life events?

Cleland, C., Kearns, A. , Tannahill, C. and Ellaway, A. (2016) Home truths: are housing-related events more important for residents’ health compared with other life events? Housing Studies, 31(5), pp. 495-518. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2015.1094565)

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Moving home and home improvements are significant life events, but their health impacts are rarely studied in relation to other life events that occur relatively frequently in deprived populations. This article examines both housing and personal life events over a three year period among a study group living in deprived areas of Glasgow, in order to consider their impacts upon the health and well-being of residents. Housing-related events are the most frequently occurring life events, with relatively minor negative impacts upon physical and mental health and mental well-being; the effects of housing events are attenuated when other life events are taken into account. The largest negative effects on health are associated with serious health episodes, crime victimisation and relationship break-up, with the largest positive effects associated with getting a job. There is a case for holistic regeneration which offers personal support for life events and seeks positive interactive effects.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kearns, Professor Ade and Tannahill, Dr Carol and Ellaway, Dr Anne and Cleland, Dr Claire
Authors: Cleland, C., Kearns, A., Tannahill, C., and Ellaway, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:15 October 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 31(5):495-518
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656631Neighbourhoods and HealthAnne EllawayMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/8IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727621SPHSU Core Renewal: Neighbourhoods and Communities Research ProgrammeAnne EllawayMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/10IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU